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I've heard of other Cane Corso - Rottweiler crosses. My first thought is always "Why?" Why in all that's holy would anyone cross those two breeds?

Sounds like you handled the situation well. Would it be possible for you to carry your spray in your hand so you don't have to dig it out when needed?
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I've heard of other Cane Corso - Rottweiler crosses. My first thought is always "Why?" Why in all that's holy would anyone cross those two breeds?

Sounds like you handled the situation well. Would it be possible for you to carry your spray in your hand so you don't have to dig it out when needed?
I always figured I would have time to assess a situation and then pull something out. Last night showed an instance in which there wouldn't be time. I had no idea it was coming. Honestly LL, even if it was in my hand the dog would have had me. It was that fast. Even if it was in my hand the with lever cocked and ready to go...it was that sudden. One one-thousand, two one-thousand...it was that quick. Christ, by the time I turned my head and focused my sight on it proper, it's head was a foot from my leg.

After I wrote that last sentence I was curious as to how accurate it might be so I went looking for general info on dog attack speed and found this: Sergeant Dennis Tueller of the Salt Lake City Police Department wondered how quickly an attacker with a knife, or other melee weapon, could cover 21 feet (6.4 m), so he timed volunteers as they raced to stab the target. He determined that it could be done in 1.5 seconds. These results were first published as an article in SWAT magazine in 1983 and in a police training video by the same title, "How Close Is Too Close?

So I'm not far off. Also according to online info, an average dog can accelerate faster than any average human. If a human can get to you from 20ft in 1.5 seconds then a damned angry dog is going to be even quicker. Pisses me off to realize that.

I've had more sketchy dog encounters in the last 4 years than I've had my entire life. Makes me wonder why. People are getting more insular in this day and age...more suspicious...Bigotry and fears are back on the rise...plus among certain people big macho dogs are some sort of status symbol perhaps. Socializing animals isn't as important as having a proxy swagger so to speak. A combination of a few things maybe...leading to an animal possibly being influenced negatively by certain owners personality/behaviors.

Extra vigilance I guess is key. Quicker access to a deterrent. I will now use a lightly twisted piece of wire and dangle the spray from a belt loop so pocket fumbling won't be involved. I can just pull it easily off the loop. I won't carry the spray in hand yet because I don't want the feeling of being paranoid. Stupid pride maybe. If I can see a problem ahead even in a 10 second time-frame then I might have the time to prepare somewhat. In an attack like last night's however, one would have no chance. At least initially.

I'm blabberin' too much...thanks for the thoughts and suggestion LL. I WILL be looking for a way to better deploy that spray. As well I've downloaded a few sites on dog attack tips/advice/defense etc.

Really...a Rott/Corso cross....in a residential family neighbourhood with mostly modest 3 bedroom homes and properties. Teddy bear my ***.

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Default Jul 09, 2024 at 09:47 PM
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Another thing I just remembered about last night. During his apology the guy at one point says "I didn't pay it enough attention today". Oopsie. Naughty naughty. Didn't check enough to see if the pin on that grenade in your pocket was wriggling loose huh? Ludicrous excuse and I regret not making a retort to that one. I'll say it again...I'm betting he's had complaints made against him.

Ok...no more grousing from me. Will just move forward with hopefully better plans.

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TWO seconds!?!? OMG!!!

Didn't pay enough attention!!! No shyte Sherlock!

I'm sorry this happened to you. Again, it sounds like you did everything right.
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Default Jul 10, 2024 at 11:27 AM
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I'm torn on this because I LOVE dogs (and animals in general).

The cool thing these days is to have a Pit, Rott, Shephard, Doberman, etc. You know, all the "tough" dogs and give it some macho name. I've seen this a billion times. I think people feel that if their dog is deemed tough and menacing, they will be perceived in the same way.

Don't get me wrong. I am NOT speaking out against these dogs. They need a loving home like any other pet. I just think there is so much emphasis on having a certain type of dog for image more than as a pet to love. That's just my two cents.

What kind of dog do I have you ask? A beagle from the Humane Society and she's a sweetie.
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Default Jul 10, 2024 at 07:35 PM
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Here's something interesting. I googled dog attacks for my town early this morning. I found a plea [published less than 2 weeks ago] from our public health unit asking for help in identifying a " large, dark colored, mixed breed dog". The street where the incident took place was 4 or 5 blocks from the house where the corso/rott rushed me. The street is right on the periphery of the old cemetery where many people walk [as well as walk dogs] because it's quiet, peaceful etc.

Just checked the maps again and using my walking calculator...found that it's less than a half mile from that house. At a medium walking speed [3mph] it would take someone just 10 minutes to reach that general area.

So yeah...I've left a message with the health unit and am waiting to hear back. I just want a better description of the dog in that report. The health unit needs to check if the rabies shots are up to date etc. Standard stuff in a dog biting incident I suppose but apparently important because I've heard that the biting victim may be obliged to go through a painful rabies shot treatment if they can't locate the animal. Not sure if that's all accurate or if the victim is obliged to have that done but I've heard somewhere that that's the case. Depending on the report, I suppose law enforcement or animal welfare can also get involved.

I don't really recall the dog owners house but I suppose it wouldn't be hard to find. It's def one of 6 or so halfway down the one block. Randomly questioning the neighbours would easily confirm which address owned the dog.

So. I WILL speak to the health unit at least. The way that #@*!! dog barreled at me...there's no way that's appropriate. NO WAY. So pardon the French but f!!k that guy. If that dog in the biting incident two weeks ago matches up at all? I'll tell my story. People get TORN UP+ by aggressive animals like that. It's a family neighbourhood ffs! l said it earlier and I'll repeat it: The way that guy wound up apologizing last night...I'm pretty sure he was scared I'd be reporting him. Does this dog have a clean history? With the level of aggression I saw, our encounter likely wasn't a one-off. An angry 20lb dog? Bad enough right?. Something THAT size? Say no more.

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The health unit left a message on Thursday and said the issue was solved and the dog they were looking for had been located. They asked me to call back if I wanted to discuss anything further. To date I've left it stand. Just walked to the corner store for milk [about an hour or two ago] and passed by where the dog charged on the way back. All quiet of course at 3-4o'clock in the morning. I may yet pop over to the coppershop and ask about complaints and such. All I can think of is what damage that thing could do.
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